Having lived an active lifestyle since young, LCP Javier Mun Hou Kit strived for excellence and was eager to prove to himself that he is capable of completing difficult but meaningful things when he enlisted into the Army. However, things changed when he suffered an avulsion fracture during his Vocational Fitness Training (VFT).
Serving in the Army as an Administrative Support Assistant (ASA) in 30th Battalion, Singapore Combat Engineers (30 SCE), LCP Mun primarily assists the unit with administrative matters. "Though it may seem mundane, I understand that my role is essential and I always do my best in every assignment given to me."
LCP Mun (second from left) during his platoon cohesion (photo taken pre-COVID 19).
Initially devastated with his injury, LCP Mun quickly picked himself up and saw this as an opportunity to grow into a better person. Using physiotherapy to aid his recovery as much as he could, LCP Mun had to deal with sores and sharp pain in the process and even wanted to give up. However, he persevered with the aim of going back to his active lifestyle, and eventually made a remarkable recovery through his consistent hardwork and self-discipline.
"My recovery was a long and arduous journey as I used to lead an active lifestyle. Due to my injury, I had to put a stop to the physical activities I used to enjoy and as a result, I gained weight during that period. However, the will to go back to my active lifestyle pushed me on. I slowly focused on recovering step by step – be able to extend my leg fully, then slowly walking and eventually jogging."
LCP Mun doing physical training in camp.
Cheering him on during his recovery is LCP Mun's elder brother who has been motivating him to get back on track with his fitness. "My brother has played a key role in my recovery. We will hit the gym and go for runs every weekend. He's always there to motivate me and get me back on track with my fitness regime."
Having been through the tedious recovery journey, LCP Mun never felt greater to be finally back on track with his fitness regime and maintains a fit disposition. For those who may be in a similar situation like him, LCP Mun has this to say: "Focus on recovery first and eventually get back into training. Don't feel discouraged or think that you are an outcast as you can still contribute in different ways in the Army!"
Foremost and Utmost!
Written by: PTE Presley Chew (Army News)
Photography by: CPL Lincoln Lee (Army News) with contribution by interviewee